Born in Zurich in 1949, Daniel Fueter studied the piano at the Zurich College of Music. He has written around a hundred works of incidental music to plays in the German-speaking world; in addition, he has notably written songs, chansons, choral works, pieces for music theatre and occasionally piano and chamber music. He teaches song interpretation at the Zurich College of the Arts and at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. He continues to give lectures on chansons at the Karlsruhe College of Music in his retirement. He held various administrative positions, including those of president of the Swiss Composers’ Association, president of the Swiss arts promotion organisation Suisseculture and rector of the Zurich College of Music and Drama. He has received national and international accolades. He has two daughters, the actress Mona Petri and the singer Rea Claudia Kost, and has two granddaughters and a grandson. He is married to the pianist Eriko Kagawa.